Post # 1
After reading this story http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/scary-neighbors-house-broken-into-this-morning
I was wondering if any other Bees have gotten broken into or witnessed a break in? If so, share you experiences and what you do now for precautions!
Post # 3
I was the neighbor of quite a few in college! There was a guy breaking in and stealing all electronics. My FI’s place was broken into but mine was not because I knew what precautions to take before hand. So I use:
lights by any exit door
leave a light on in the house whenever your gone (timers are good so it only comes on at dark)
leave the TV on if you’re gone for the weekend
if you have a garage, lock the door that goes into your house – a lot of people think they don’t need to but it’s an easy entrance point
if you have a screen door, put a lock on it
if you have a flimsy front door, add a kick plate (its a metal plate that goes around the doorknob and deadbolt so it can’t be kicked)
add a latch lock above your regular locks so if they do pick them, they still can’t open the door
The longer it takes for a thief to get in or if they think someone’s home, the less likely you are to get robbed. Usually, they’re looking for stuff to pawn or money and not to hurt anyone but if they get in and you surprise them, they might panic and do something they didn’t plan. Most of the extra locks and stuff can only be used when you’re at home if necessary because stuff can be replaced, but you can’t.
Post # 4
When I was a kid, living in a very small town, our screen porch got broken into – three days after my birthday, the only thing that got stolen was my brand new Power Wheels Barbie Car! We never found out who stole it.
Post # 5
I have not, but my Fiance has had two or three of his past apartments broken into. In one of his past apartments they had the bars that sit in the window track and locked doors but someone broke a window and stole a ton of stuff.
We now have window bars, locks and an alarm system. I realize that if someone really wants to get in they will, but that’s not going to stop me from taking all the precautions I can. My family is in the security industry so it’s something I think about a lot.
@MrsCoachBtoBee: All good suggestions!
Post # 6
Me personally no, but bff had a break in last year. It was scary the people must have been scoping her place out because she works nights (3 days per week on a rotating schedule so she doesn’t work the same days) and they hit the place up at night. Kicked in the back door and took all her electronics and such. It was a HUGE mess. By the time I got there, the police were there taking pictures and covering everything in fingerprint dust. Not an experience either of us want to repeat. Needless to say she moved from that apt.
Post # 7
When I was like 5 our house was broken into. It was really creepy because it was in the middle of the day, we lived at the end of a cul de sac. Luckily we weren’t in the house but just as we were leaving to take my dad lunch (which was when it happened) we saw a person who wasn’t one of our neighbors walking down the street toward our house and my mom pointed out how weird it was and how we should keep an eye out. We’re pretty sure it was him but he was never caught. They stole our VCR which had my “Lady and the Tramp” video in it. It was my favorite! I was devastated because that movie was in the “Disney vault” at the time so we couldn’t even replace it!
As an adult a break-in to our house is my biggest fear, that and a home invasion! I’m terrifed of it happening to us.
Post # 8
@MrsCoachBtoBee: Great tips! I need some kick plates!
@7SEVENJ9: Shame, Barbie cars were the shiz!!
@Aure: Interesting about the security industry, that must good.
Good point about someone who really wants to get in will.
Seems like these days people are getting bolder and bolder- perhaps the economy?
Post # 9
Yup. When I was about 19 I was home from college and I came home alone to an intruder in our house. At first I was just too surprised to be scared and I asked him who he was and he said “I’m no one” and ran out of my house. Then I FREAKED out. I called both my parents and then my dad yelled at me and told me to GET OUT OF THE HOUSE AND CALL THE POLICE! So I locked myself in my car in the driveway and called the police. They never found the guy but they said I must have come home right after he got there because nothing was missing and my bedroom was the closest to the stairs (I know he went upstairs because I heard him come down after I got home) and I had Tiffany’s jewely and a digital camera on my bureau ready to be taken.
Post # 10
@Running Elley: Ughh thats like one of my most paralyzing fears too. I feel like there is never a place safe enough! Even in the middle of no-where I feel like some creep is gonna break in just to kill and rape or something horrific.
Post # 11
@Mrs.Argentina – yeah, and it was a birthday present that year, so I only got to enjoy it for a couple of days! And Power Wheels cars had just come out, so they were expensive back then, so we couldn’t even replace it – I dont know if insurance wouldn’t cover it, or the deductable would have been higher than the Power Wheels if my parents had filed a claim – total bummer!
Post # 11
I’ve never had anyone break into my house. But I did have a neighbor call the cops one day when we lived in an apartment because she thought someone was breaking into my apartment. I was watching Criminal Minds and got the poop scared out of me and screamed, apparently really loud. lol
Post # 12
My childhood home got broken into a few years ago. I wasn’t living there anymore but had a lot of stuff in it still, including jewelry boxes (empty) and a credit card. That is pretty much the only thing that got stolen.
My dad had a bunch of Euros that weren’t stolen, cause the robbers were prob too dumb to know what to do with them.
The biggest loss was a jewlry box I got in Romania. It was empty since I don’t keep jelwry in jewlry boxes, that is somethin you should never do since they are easy to steal, but it was a puzzle box so they couldn’t open it, so they just broke it 🙁 Gotta go back to romania for another one.
They bought a guitar with the crdit card. The credit card company gave us our money back but I think the shop should have been penalized, I mean look at the signature!
Post # 13
@Mrs.Argentina – good point about the economy, I hadn’t thought of that. Our neighbors have an H2 Hummer and a brand new little Mercedes Sports Coupe convertible – it might be that having the nice cars in the driveway attracted attention to their otherwise modest home – it just makes me think our house could be targeted due to proximity – that, and we just did a lot of home improvements/hardscaping to our yard, which could indicate that we had money to spare to do that (my uncle did it for us, so it wasn’t that expensive, but a burglar wouldn’t know that).
Post # 14
I’ve never had my home or car broken into *knock on wood* but when I was a kid, my parents car got broken into which was on our driveway, and the house across the street got broken into multiple times.
Post # 15
I did in college – while studying abroad. I was the only one home and I heard strange noises and saw a shadow go past my window – I went to my roommates bedroom and there was a guy in there holding her camera and Discman. I asked what he was doing there (brilliant, huh?) and he told me to get out. I ran back to my room, grabbed my purse, passport and phone and ran out of the house.
Luckily, there was a guy walking his dog who called the cops for me – I don’t think I would have been coherent.
When my roommates got home, I was sitting at the dining room table giving my statement to two cops – my roommates gave me a really weird look because they had no idea what was going on.
After the cops left, I drank a bottle of wine and went to the bars where everyone bought me drinks. I was hungover the next day